Stop! Don’t harm that bug! Soldier beetles in the garden are a good thing. These beneficial insects are most useful in the late summer when aphids abound, and other predatory insects begin to lay their eggs. Larvae feed on the eggs and larvae of beetles, grasshoppers, moths, and other insects while adults feed on aphids and other soft-bodied insects, along with pollen and nectar. While reducing the number of plant-sucking insects, they also play an essential roll in the pollination of flowers. They do not damage flowers or other plants and are also harmless to people, making it unnecessary to … Continue reading